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Face-to-face government

Face-to-face government

December 01, 2007

When local government bodies need to talk to their state representatives, face-to-face meetings are preferred, most elected officials surveyed last week said.

The members of two government bodies and two education boards were asked their opinions after Del. John P. Donoghue questioned the necessity of annual meetings on local officials' legislative priorities.

After Donoghue, D-Washington, skipped a meeting with the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday, he said he didn't feel the need to be there. He called the annual meetings with local officials before the Maryland General Assembly's regular sessions "not a productive use of time."

Donoghue said he had a copy of the county's written legislative priorities and he already had a good sense of the city of Hagerstown's wishes.

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But many local officials said they believe it is important to discuss legislative concerns directly with the lawmakers who represent them.

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